At Hetton School we are committed to improving the literacy levels of every single student. We know that improved reading ages and literacy levels will lead to higher grades in all subjects, as well as improving how well our students can cope in the world outside of school, making them more knowledgeable and more employable when they leave us.
As well as giving our students the opportunity to read a great variety of texts during English lessons, we encourage engagement with different text types in all areas of the curriculum. We measure the reading ages of our students every term to assess the impact of our reading approaches, and to identify any students who may be falling behind with their reading levels so that we can offer extra, personalised support.
This support includes peer-to-peer reading during morning registration, the provision of a literacy tutor group and Learning Support Assistants supporting students with specific needs within lessons. Students who have a low reading age also complete the Lexia reading programme during English lessons which provides individually paced activities to support reading improvements. After-school sessions will also take place using the Covid catch-up funding that is currently being provided.